How to Label an Electrical Panel

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Labeling an electrical panel properly today will help make future jobs a lot easier. Label an electrical panel with help from a longtime electrical contractor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm George Argo with Argo Electrical Services. And I am the surge protector guy. Today, let's talk about how to label an electrical panel. What I have here is the face of a 240 120 volt panel, electrical panel. You can notice the numbers coming down. On the left-hand side you have one, three, five, seven, nine, eleven, thirteen, fifteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty one. One the other side you have two, four, six, eight, ten, and so on and so forth. The one side would be odd numbers, the other side would be even numbers. In a commercial setting these would have black, red, black, red, black, red. In a residential setting most of them would be just black, black, black. But in any event you notice this has a shock label on it, a warning label. Always label your panels with whatever stuff it comes with it. Because people need to understand the danger that they are. And when they work on electrical circuits. Generally, what we would do is we would turn off all the breakers on the property and flip them on one at the time. And then we would go through and find with our electrical meter or our tick tracer which is basically a little light wand that will tell you the presence of voltage or not. And then we would find everything that was hot. And then we would write down on the panel cover a generalized area of what that breaker covered. If you start out with your two pole breakers you can get your water heaters, your stove or oven, your AC units, your hot tubs, anything like that. Get those knocked out first then start out in your bedrooms. It all depends on how your electrician wired your property is to how easy it's going to be. Usually the bathroom circuits, the outdoor circuits, anything protected by GFCI are on one circuit. Your laundry room is going to be on a circuit by itself. And the bathroom circuits should be separated together. And you know the only, the only other suggestion I have for you is just write legibly. Try and write as small as you can. You could also get a printer and print off your labels. There's all kind of stuff out there to do this with. It's hard to get too specific in a residential setting because you could have anywhere from two or three receptacles and or lights. Up to eight, nine, ten even in some areas. Again, this is George Argo with Argo Electrical Services. And I am the surge protector guy. And you just watched how to label your electrical panel.

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